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Greystones United A.................2

St Anthony's A.........................0

Greystones secured the runners-up spot in the U10 Premier Division Heatons/Sportsworld WDSL but must now rely on St Anthony's to do them a big favour if United are to become league champions.

Only Arklow Town 'A' can stop them lifting the trophy. They were scheduled to play St Peter's Bhoys at the Community College yesterday. But the Bray team did not contest the fixture.

If a walkover is awarded, Arklow will take the crown if they overcame St Anthony's away later this month.

The victory saw United finish with a total of 21 points from their ten scheduled games, three clear of previous leaders Enniskerry A.

'Stones had played their Kilcoole opponents away back in November 2009. And won 2-0.

They repeated their performance by the same scoreline at the

Woodlands last Saturday morning. Both scores came in the first period, with first goal arriving in the just the fifth minute.

From a throw-in down the left wing, Thomas Callister spun off his marker to create space. His initial shot was charged down in the box but the striker reacted to fire the rebound low in the far corner of the net from ten-yards.

It took a brilliant save by the home team's Andrew Sullivan to deny Adam Dixon before Saint's stopper Josh Moran-Lewis took centre stage.

He got down well to smother Brian Lawless' low, driven free.

At the other end, a scramble after a corner saw Ryan Hudson shot over.

Moran-Lewis then made a cracking point blank stop to thwart Callister who'd connected with Max Keating's 16th minute corner.

Moments later, the same pair combined again off another corner. This time, Callister's kneed effort flew into the net.

Callister went close to claiming a hat-trick in the second half but shot narrowly wide.

Keating then lifted a close range attempt over the bar while Saints

forward Cameron Cosgrave had hit shot parried by Sullivan with Pat Byrne's follow-up being kept out by Conal Deeney.

Moran-Lewis produced two more fantastic saves towards the end from Callister while Cosgrave and Ronan O'Kelly linked well for the Saint's only for Sullivan and Deeney to make vital blocks.

Greystones United A: Andrew Sullivan; Brian Lawless, Conal Deeney, Sean Lawless, Jonathan Ellis, Thomas Callister, Max Keating, Colin Fitzpatrick, Leon Stynes, David Parkinson, Ferdia Dunne.

St Anthony's 'A': Josh Moran-Lewis; Sean McHugh, Ryan Hudson, Nathan Corkish, Adam Dixon, Darragh McGee, Cameron Cosgrave, Luke Brophy, Ronan O'Kelly, Pat Byrne, Adam Cummins, Eoin Lennon.

Referee: Rory O'Neill.

  • Greystones are one of the first WDSL club's to implement the FAI's

"Don't X The Line campaign". In recent times, abusive behaviour, aggression and racist comments are driving people away from the game.

In an effort to reverse this alarming trend, the Don't X The Line initiative attempts to promote an environment for fair play and educate people of all ages the importance of respect and tolerance in grass roots football.

It also aims to protect children and referees, and bring back portsmanship and fair play within junior, youth and schoolboy football.